Simon served with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office for six years, including a posting to Islamabad, leading policy and programme work on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. He also served as a private secretary to two Ministers for Europe, leading on the EU international development and security portfolio. Simon now advises a global top management consultancy on risk management in work with public and social sector clients in developing economies. He has a personal interest in corporate social responsibility.


Ankur was a leading barrister before he left the bar to found Techlightenment. The business delivered services in social technology which grew rapidly to become the global leader in social media analytics (acquired by Experian Plc in 2011). Ankur is a regular speaker at events, recently promoting UK business on a panel in Los Angeles with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


Dr. Wafula Okumu is a Consulting Expert to the African Union Border Programme (AUBP) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). His latest book entitled ‘Militias, Rebels and Islamic Extremists’ unpacks historical and cultural dimensions of militia and rebel groups in Africa. He taught at McMaster University’s Centre for Peace Studies and at the United Nations University in Tokyo.


Sharath is Director of the Cambridge Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and a Principle Investigator in three innovative conflict resolution programs: Politics and Interactive Media in Africa (PiMA), New Communications Technologies and Citizen-led governance in Africa and Africa’s Voices – Applied Interactive Radio project. He has a wealth of practical experience as a conflict advisor, lawyer, and academic.


Tom Bird is the Executive Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Tom is an award winning international theatre producer. He played a major role in London’s Cultural Olympiad in 2012 and is currently producing a global tour of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to every country on Earth.


Jolien is a humanitarian and conflict mitigation program developer. She specialises in gender (recently sitting as Gender Focal Point for CARE Afghanistan), community peacebuilding and capacity development of individuals (staff) and civil society organisations.